Rape victims' experiences of giving evidence in English courts: a survey

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Title Rape victims' experiences of giving evidence in English courts: a survey
Author Kebbell, Mark Rhys; O'Kelly, Caitriona M. E.; Gilchrist, Elizabeth L.
Journal Name Psychiatry, Psychology and Law
Year Published 2007
Place of publication Australia
Publisher Australian Academic Press
Abstract Nineteen rape victims who had given evidence in court in English courts were interviewed. Questions concerned their examination in court, their perceptions of the criminal justice system, particularly criminal court processes, and the perceived utility of 'special measures' to facilitate giving evidence. Participants believed that prosecution lawyers generally did not accuse them of lying, attack what they said, put their character in doubt, put words in their mouth or use trick or leading questions. Defence lawyers were perceived to be significantly more likely to use these techniques. Participants reported that they felt they understood what was going on and, importantly, felt that they were reasonably able to give accurate evidence. They generally showed high levels of satisfaction with the way they had been treated, and positive attitudes towards measures to make giving evidence less stressful.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/13218719.asp
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1375/pplt.14.1.111
Volume 14
Issue Number 1
Page from 111
Page to 119
ISSN 1321-8719
Date Accessioned 2008-05-19
Language en_AU
Research Centre ARC Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security
Faculty Griffith Health Faculty
Subject PRE2009-Psychology
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/18926
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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